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UMA Bach. of Science in Nursing Program receives continuing accreditation from ACEN

UMA Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program awarded continuing accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

RN to BSN Completion Program receives continuing accreditation

The University of Maine at Augusta RN to BSN Program is pleased to receive continuing accreditation for eight years with no conditions from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  This accreditation is the culmination of self-study and written report by the academic program, a site visit by peer evaluators in fall of 2018, the recommendation of the ACEN Evaluation Review Panel, and a final vote by the Board of Commissioners.

“We are very pleased with this continuing accreditation,” said Dr. Lynne King, UMA Professor of Nursing and Program Coordinator. “UMA’s RN Completion Program, which is an endorsed holistic nursing education program by AHNCC, one of only 12 schools in the country, is an important program for registered nurses with an Associate’s degree who want to earn a BSN and expand their career options.”  Dr. King explained, “The BSN completion allows individuals to adapt to the changing nature of health care and health care roles, integrate the new science of informatics into their practice, and seek careers in professional leadership positions.”

“Congratulations to the faculty and staff of the Nursing program,” stated UMA President Rebecca Wyke. “Their continual efforts in improving the program were instrumental to receiving this reaccreditation. With a combination of fully online and blended learning courses, the RN to BSN program is an excellent example of UMA’s mission of providing access to high-quality distance and on-site education.”

UMA’s Nursing Program integrates a liberal arts general education core within the holistic nursing curriculum, thereby providing the skills that transform and prepare students for expanded nursing practices, including positions in leadership and management. This approach is in keeping with the University’s mission to transform student lives through high-quality education in professional and liberal arts programs.

RN to BSN students can earn maximum credit at UMA for prior learning through transfer credit, testing, portfolio review, and external training certification; many students in this program earn their BSN in about two years. Upon completing the degree, these nursing graduates have the appropriate knowledge and skills to advance in their current clinical or community practice setting, pursue new career opportunities in the field, or to pursue an advanced degree.


UMA transforms the lives of students of every age and background across the State of Maine and beyond through access to high-quality distance and on-site education, excellence in student support, civic engagement, and professional and liberal arts programs.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) SealAbout ACEN

“The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing is committed to quality in all types of nursing education programs and encourages self-evaluation, peer-review, and the promotion of educational equity, access, and mobility through the functions of accreditation.”

American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC) Endorsed School SealAbout AHNCC

“American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation advances holistic nursing and nurse coaching through certification. Holistic nurses and nurse coaches promote health, wellness, and wellbeing as they facilitate their client’s growth and healing.”